Call for PhD Symposium

The updated deadlines are as follows:

PhD Paper Submission:      Extended to...January 6, 2017, 11:59 PM US Pacific Time
Notification of acceptance: Extended to February 3, 2017
Camera-ready Submission: Extended to February 13, 2017

Ph.D. Symposium                Thursday, April 20, 2017. During the main conference.

The ICDE 2017 PhD Symposium provides a forum for PhD students to present their research ideas, and interact with and receive feedback from senior members of the research community, in academia and industry. The focus of the Symposium is on mentorship and providing constructive feedback to the students. The Symposium fosters a collaborative environment, encouraging constructive discussions and sharing of ideas. We expect a number of the members of the Program Committee to attend the symposium. The symposium will provide opportunities for discussions and feedback.

Submissions are encouraged from students who have not yet received their Ph.D. degrees. Submissions from students who are in the early stages of their research should provide a clear statement of the problem being addressed, and a clear outline of the planned methodology. Submissions from students who are farther into their research should clearly state the contributions made so far, and the work lying ahead.

The submitted manuscripts should be at most five-pages long and should be single authored by the student. The manuscripts should contain the statement of the problem being addressed, an outline of the planned methodology, contributions made so far, and the work lying ahead.

Students with accepted papers will be required to make a brief presentation, as well as prepare and present a poster during the poster presentation event of the main conference.

Accepted papers will be published by IEEE as an ICDE workshop, and will be indexed by DBLP and IEEE Xplore.

The PhD Symposium agenda will include a keynote talk and a panel. We are excited that Prof. Magda Balazinska, University of the Washington, Seattle, has agreed to be the keynote speaker.

More details about the PhD Symposium can be found in the original Call for Papers, below.


Only active Ph.D. students are eligible to submit their contributions to the ICDE 2017 PhD Symposium. Authors should not have received their Ph.D. degree nor submitted their thesis before the Symposium.

The submission should be primarily written by the student and must be presented by the student.

Submissions must adhere to the following guidelines:


  1. Must be single-authored by the student.
  2. Must specify the student's name as the sole, primary author.
  3. Must provide the expected graduation date, in paranthesis next to name.
  4. Must specify the name of the supervisor(s), marked as "Supervised by <supervisor-full-name>", under the author's name.


PhD Symposium papers must not exceed 5 (five) pages, including the bibliography and any appendix. The five-page manuscripts must be prepared in accordance with these submission guidelines.

The papers should be submitted via the submission site.

PhD Symposium Chairs

Stratos Idreos Harvard University, USA
Sudeepa Roy Duke University, USA

PhD Symposium Program Committee

Yael Amsterdamer Bar Ilan University
Manos Athanassoulis Harvard University
Medha Atre IIT Kanpur
Senjuti Basu Roy New Jersey Institute of Technology
Carsten Binnig Brown University
Panos K. Chrysanthis University of Pittsburgh
Boris Glavic Illinois Institute of Technology
Anastasios Kementsietsidis Google Research
Georgia Koutrika HP Labs
Paraschos Koutris University of Wisconsin-Madison
Feifei Li University of Utah
Guoliang Li Tsinghua University
M. Tamer Ozsu University of Waterloo
Holger Pirk CWI
Alkis Simitsis HP Labs
Saravanan Thirumuruganathan Qatar Computing Research Institute